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11-10-2010 @ 2:32PM
I'm so glad that the Defense Minimum is gone. People kept calling it a cap, causing poorly-informed tanks to think that it provided zero benefit after 540.Defense was clearly way too complicated for some people. I thought the devs were talking about stuff like Armor Penetration when they were getting rid of difficult stats...
11-10-2010 @ 8:14PM
It's not just that, it's that druids really benefitted from having no Defense rating on gear as well. While I can't say I've seen too many do it, as I think tanking is largely a play-style choice rather then just "I don't have the gear for it" but being able to pop in to bear while tanking effectively was a *fantastic* feature in WotLK.I can think of a few raids I've been in where a tank either went down or messed up a mechanic so they weren't tanking that was saved by a quick-thinking (and CD popping) cat DPS jumping in to bear form.Which is part of the reason I think Blizzard really screwed us over in Cata by making the specs distinct in uncritability.Mind you, I also think they should fold uncrittability in to Defensive Stance/Bear Form/Blood Presence/Righteous Fury, so yeah.
11-11-2010 @ 7:01AM
I think it's wonderful that def cap was taken away. Ofc my 264 paladin didn't have any problems at all with defense, buta) it helps new tanks to get to heroics and raids, because there won't be any "you lack 5 rating from def cap, you noob! You're not welcome!" shit. I did tank naxx with ~520 def rating before ulduar, though... :Db) having few points under 600 def looks ridiculous.
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